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Colorism Photoshoot: Brown Skin

Colorism: “A practice of discrimination by which those with lighter skin are treated more favorably than those with darker skin. This practice is a product of racism in the United States, in that it upholds the white standards of beauty and benefits white people in the institutions of oppression (media, medical world, etc.” - National Conference for Community and Justice

“The first step [in solving colorism] is acknowledgement. You have to recognize the behavior and what you’ve built tolerance for. By doing so, you become aware of what you’ve allowed to be processed in your mind and your life. The next step is to simply eliminate your own behavior that contributes to colorism or of it’s oppressive behavior. Lastly, try to diminish this behavior among your peers and social groups. Spread the awareness and speak out against trends or jokes that reflect on colorist mentality. Sometimes it can be hard to talk to your friends about deeper topics, but if you continue to be a bystander, the cycle will keep on going. The more you speak out about colorism in your community, the more you have helped end generational oppression and truly be free physically and mentally.  Let’s leave colorism in 2020.”



Jayda Graham - @jaydasgraham

Ryan Scott - @ryantscott1

Yvanna Bollanga - @yvannab0llanga

Kailyn Hayes - @_kailynh

John Wade - @turnikthemonitor

Julian Crosby - @juliancrosbys

Isabella Tabio - @isabellatabio

Gravity Creative Team

Executive Director

Olbrine Thelusma: @olbrine

Creative Directors

Shane Shakoor: @shakkomusic Johannie Beauvais: @johanniealexis Nailah Anderson: Tatiana Robinson: @tati.robinson


Jay DeGrace: @jay.degrace @my.jaypeg


Tatiana Robinson: @tati.robinson

Photo Editor

Jay DeGrace: @jay.degrace @my.jaypeg

Video Editor

Shane Shakoor: @shakkomusic Tatiana Robinson: @tati.robinson

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